Football PEI implements concussion management program

Football PEI implements concussion management program

Football PEI announces an initiative to implement a comprehensive concussion management protocol for all athletes for the upcoming season.

In partnership with Complete Concussion Management (CCMI), the program includes the development and implementation of a concussion policy; mandatory concussion training and education for coaches and trainers; annual comprehensive multimodal concussion baseline testing for all athletes; and access to a network of recognized clinics in Prince Edward Island (PEI) as well as across Canada, which provide standardized return to learn, work and play protocols, and post-injury treatment and rehabilitation.

“Given where the game of tackle football is going, this program is a must for the long-term positive effect of the game, and even more important for the safety and well-being of our players,” said Shaun Matheson, President, PEI Football.

Standardized return to learn and play procedures mandatory for all athletes.

“As a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO), it’s critical that we provide preventative measures as well as proven concussion management programs to better protect our athletes on and off the field,” says Glen Flood, Executive Director, PEI Football. “With CCMI, we are confident that our athletes receive best in-class care, allowing them to safely return to play following a concussion.”

Athletes can access a network of clinics and trained healthcare providers regardless of where they are in Canada, including Sports Centre Physiotherapy in Charlottetown, and The Physio Centre in Summerside.

“There is an inherent risk for injury in any sport, and football is no different,” says Colin Moore, Sports Physiotherapist and Owner of Sports Centre Physiotherapy. “While we can’t entirely prevent concussions, research shows that receiving a second concussion prior to full recovery of the first can potentially lead to long-term complications. Therefore, it’s crucial that we help players make a full symptomatic and metabolic (or brain) recovery before they return to play.”

Football PEI is dedicated to the health and safety of current and future athletes. As such, this is the third year that Football PEI has partnered with CCMI to help athletes effectively manage concussion injuries and safely return to activity.

About Football PEI

Football PEI is a non-profit and non-sectarian PSO interested in developing the sport of football on PEI under the guidance of a volunteer Board of Directors and professional staff. We represent various tackle, flag and touch football leagues within Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit peifootball.ca or our Concussion Information page.

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